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Graduate Student Seminar Schedule - Spring 2019

Lab ImageThe winner of the Best Graduate Student Seminar Speaker for Fall 2018 was Daniel Woodbury for his talk titled "Experiments at Sandia's Z Machine and Z Backlighter Laser Facility" (Advisor: Professor Howard Milchberg).  

Seminars for Spring 2019 are scheduled for Fridays at 12:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, 1207 Energy Research Facility. Everyone is welcome. Pizzas with a variety of toppings will be provided free of charge for graduate students; others will have to contribute a small fee of $5.00. Submit your requests for pizza toppings and refreshments to Artur Perevalov at

The mission of the IREAP Graduate Student Seminars is to give graduate students the opportunity to practice short presentations of their work. This is a stepping stone for preparing them for their thesis defense, Ph.D. proposals, or even conference presentations. It is a valuable skill for all professionals, and students should be eager to present their work.

The talks will be informal with an approximate duration of 30 to 45 minutes allowing questions for about 15 minutes. There shouldn't be any stress since there is no evaluation committee coming up with grilling questions. Everyone is welcome to be in the audience.

After the conclusion of each talk, graduate students in the audience will fairly rate the speaker on a scale of 1-5 for Technical Merit and on a scale of 1-5 for Presentation. The total score will be averaged and the highest scoring speaker at the semester's end will receive a monetary prize for "Best Speaker." In the case of a tie, the winner shall be the speaker with the largest number of audience members providing ratings.

For additional information regarding the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar Series, please contact Artur Perevalov at

  • February 22, 2019: "Tips and Techniques for Giving a Successful Scientific Presentation" - Tom Murphy
  • March 1, 2019: "Library Resources for STEM Research" - Sarah Over
  • March 8, 2019
  • March 15, 2019: "Forecasting Time Evolution of the 3M Sodium Sphere with Reservoir Computer" - Artur Perevalov
  • March 29, 2019: Rúben Rojas
  • April 5, 2019
  • April 12, 2019
  • April 19, 2019: Stephanie Miller
  • April 26, 2019: Anastasia Korolov
  • May 3, 2019: Lisa Krayer
  • May 10, 2019: Daniel Woodbury

Past Winners of the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar Best Speaker Award

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